Name: Kelly Cercy
Hometown: North Augusta, South Carolina
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Shucker Leadership Institute, Frazee Dream Center Volunteer, Mentor at Berea Middle School, Admissions Ambassadors, Dance Marathon, TEDxFurmanU, Delta Delta Delta, Orientation Staff, Reformed University Fellowship, Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Mu Epsilon
Interests/Passions: I am incredibly passionate about community. The change in heart and perspective one can receive from merely taking the chance to talk to someone and truly listen is awesome! I think it is crucially important while here at Furman to invest one's self off campus, in the Greenville community, just as much as on campus.
Favorite Shucker Experience or Memory: Through Shucker I had the incredible opportunity to attend The Leadershape Institute the summer after my freshman year. The Institute's two core ideas are leading with integrity and disregarding the impossible. It was definitely an eye-opening experience and has affected the way I lead and think about leadership today!
Name: Austin Charles
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC
Major: History and Asian Studies
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: SLI, SGA, Heller Service Corps, Student Conduct Appeals Board, Task Force on Civility, Martial Arts Instuctor, Yoga Instructor, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
Interests/Passions: Sharing yoga with those familiar and new to the practice
Name: Luke Christie
Hometown: Due West, SC
Major: Communication Studies
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Executive Producer, FTV-2 (Furman's student television network); Service Chair, Kappa Alpha Order; Shucker Leadership Institute; Presbyterian Student Association; President's Task Force on Civil Discourse (2012-2013)
Passions/Interests: Writing and discovering/developing innovative ways to communicate messages of positive change
Favorite Shucker Experience: Leading the Junior Achievement program for elementary school kids with two of my Shucker classmates, one of whom later became one of my roommates.
Name: Ian Davis
Hometown: Warren, NJ
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Shucker Leadership Institute, Heller Service Corps., Economics Society, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
Interests/Passions: I have a passion for football and other sports that generally keep me active. I am pursuing degrees in Business Administration and Economics, with a concentration in Finance. I have worked for Fortune 500 companies such as Lincoln Financial Group and Verizon Communications. Interested in careers within Financial Services and Investments.
Favorite Shucker Experience or Memory: Whitewater Rafting in Charlotte, NC.
Name: Sarah Katherine DeVenny
Hometown: Lancaster, South Carolina
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Shucker Leadership Institute, CARE for AIDS, Pi Chi 2013-2014, Riley Institute Advance Team, Orientation Staff, Furman Admissions Ambassador
Interests/Passions: Equality, Education, Helping others
Favorite Shucker Experience or Memory: Gaining relationships with my Shucker Class during the Freshman year that challenge me to become a stronger, brighter, more passionate individual.
Name: Sarah Felmly
Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
Major: Business and Asian Studies
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Shucker Leadership Institute, FUSAB, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority
Interests/Passions: I love learning about international trade relations, consumer-based product companies, and studying Mandarin Chinese. My interests include world religions and ceramics.
Name: Maria Morrison
Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Shucker Leadership Institute, Greek life, Phi Eta Sigma Officer, Individualized Curriculum Committee, Furman For Animal Rights, Humane Society of Greenville, Volunteering at Greenville County Schools particularly for children with disabilities.
Interests/Passions: Traveling, Tennis, Macrophotography, being a positive influence, and enhancing the educational system in the United States.
Name: Matt Phillips
Hometown: Charleston, WV
Major: Neuroscience, Classics
Involvements: Neurobiology Research (focusing on ADHD), Shucker Leadership Institute, Standing Faculty Committee for Academic Discipline, SHARP Board Representative, International Orientation Staff, International Connections Liaison, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, Collaborative Neuroscience Society, Academic Assistance Program Tutor, Student collaborator with APSARD (American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders), Daniel McBrayer United.
Interests/Passions: Science in all of its forms, exploring the government-industry-academia relationship (e.g. Cures Acceleration Network), the improvement of opportunity for/quality of scientific education in America, the reconstruction of early scientific education in America, the improvement of safe, efficient, and effective treatment options presented to patients with cognitive/neurological disorders (including diagnostics, counseling, and pharmacotherapy), the deconstruction of cognitive biases in society, the modernization of library infrastructure/open source academic journals, and the improvement of cross-field academic communication and collaboration. Also, tennis, kayaking, rock-climbing, various theatrical/musical pursuits, and random zoology.
Favorite Shucker Experience: The general experience of working with, learning with, and progressing with such a close-knit and diverse network of highly motivated, passionate, brilliant, and interesting individuals.
Name: Caitlin Vaka
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Major: Political Science & Philosophy with a minor in Poverty Studies
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Shucker Leadership Institute, SHARP Committee, Furman University Dance Marathon, Delta Delta Delta, Riley Institute, Phi House, former Hall Staff Member
Interests/Passions: I'm interested in international education systems and public policy. I am really passionate about helping children and people achieve their fullest potential. I love working with and talking to people and love being involved! I have kind of a wide range of interests from sports to art (especially painting, printmaking and photography) and kind of everything in between!
Name: Jenny Warnken
Hometown: Naples, FL
Major: Biology and Sustainability Science
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Shucker Leadership Institute, Presidential Aides, Delta Delta Delta, RUF
Interests/Passions: Marine mammal training and sea turtle conservation; Teaching others about the importance of wildlife habitat preservation
Favorite Shucker Experience or Memory: Creating Dance Marathon with Kelly Cercy and Caitlin Vaka
Class of 2016
Name: Sami Alkoutami
Hometown: Hickory, NC
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Shucker Leadership Institute, Furman Ambassador, Club Swimming, Club Soccer, FU Cancer, and Club Frisbee
Interests/Passions: Being involved in Greenville's leading role in cancer research.
Favorite Shucker Experience or Memory: Meeting Michael Cullivan, a lawyer in Greenville, SC, who showed great interest in helping my family's escape from the violence that has engulfed Syria. Taking time away from his schedule, Mr. Cullivan still asks about my family's situation and their immigration papers. If it was not for Shucker I would not have had the opportunity to meet Mr. Cullivan and be a step closer in securing the safety of my family.
Name: Jamie Brill
Hometown: Aiken, South Carolina
Major: Health Sciences
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Shucker Leadership Institute, Relay for Life (Committee Chair), Freshman Resident Assistant 2013-2014, Legacy Charter Middle School After School Tutoring and Enrichment Program Teacher, Alpha Delta Pi, Campus Outreach, Childcare Provider
Interests/Passions: I love running, gymnastics, soccer, and skydiving. More importantly, my passions include striving to make an impact in the lives of those around me. I love being able to use my own strengths to help others find theirs. I also love to encourage others and make people feel special by doing small, thoughtful acts of kindness. I have the opportunity to do these things in my daily life, whether it be at school being a good student, classmate, teammate, and friend; at home being a good daughter, sister, friend, and babysitter; or at my work - Legacy Charter Middle School where I get to encourage children everyday and help them to see their own potential. I hope to continue to encourage children as I pursue a career in Pediatric Occupational Therapy.
Favorite Shucker Experience/Memory: I enjoyed participating in the ropes course trip with Shucker at the beginning of freshman year. It was a bonding experience to say the least!
Name: Jordan Brown
Hometown: Gastonia, North Carolina
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Shucker Leadership Institute, Mock Trial, Mathematics Department, Math Tutoring, Wesley Fellowship, and Student Conduct Board
Interests/Passions: Math, Swimming, Mock Trial, Community Service, Outdoors, and Boy Scouts
Favorite Shucker Experience or Memory: New Fellows Retreat at the UNCC Ropes Course
Name: Brian Buehler
Hometown: Wooster, Ohio
Major: Biology w/ pre-med
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Shucker Leadership Institute, Furman Ambassador, pi kappa phi, and volunteering with Heller.
Interests/Passions: entrepreneurial pursuits, helping others, physical fitness, esports, cooking, sociology, chemistry/biology.
Favorite Shucker Experience or Memory: Just getting to know a lot of different faces around campus before even really joining up with anything else.
Name: Hannah Browne
Extracurricular Activities: Shucker Leadership Institute, Operation Smile, Pre-Health (AED), and Volunteering at Local Hospital
Interests/ Passions: Operation Smile, volunteering/serving and helping others, traveling, and meeting new people
Favorite Shucker Experience: Going out into the community with another fellow to re-paint a woman's porch
Name: Regan Cormak
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Major: History with a Film Studies Minor
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Shucker Leadership Institute, Delta Delta Delta, First-Year Advisor for Furman Housing and Residence Life, Furman Dance Marathon Executive Committee
Interests/Passions: Developing relationships and getting involved and pursuing the vast opportunities around me.
Favorite Shucker Experience or Memory: Bonding with my Shucker Fellows Class at the New Fellows Retreat.
Name: Lizzie Dockery
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Major: Theatre Arts
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Shucker Leadership Institute, Social Chair of OFT (the Order of Furman Theatre), Delta Delta Delta, Dance Marathon PR committee.
Interests/Passions: I am passionate about people and seek to connect with people both on and off campus through the arts (specifically theatre and music), through volunteer work, and of course through student leadership opportunities.
Favorite Shucker Experience or Memory: During the bus ride back from our retreat, I remember sitting there listening to several different conversations between students buzzing around me. One was about politics, one was about theatre, one was about world travel, one was about service opportunities. And I just remember thinking "Wow. These are the coolest people I've ever met. I'm so excited to get to know these students; these are the real doers."
Name: Kyle Duke
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Shucker Leadership Institute, Furman Ambassador, Kappa Alpha Order, Furman Men's Lacrosse Manager
Interests/Passions: Anything involving music, playing piano, hockey and lacrosse, backpacking, boating, skiing, traveling, being outside, meeting new people
Favorite Shucker Experience: The ropes course trip we took at the beginning of Freshman year
Name: Bianca ForteHometown:
Myrtle Beach, SCMajor:
Extracurricular Activities/ Involvements: Resident
Assistant, Shucker Leadership Institute, Student Assistant Director of Shucker
Leadership Institute (2013), Student Director of the Shucker Leadership
Institute (2014), Coordinator for Furman’s Red Cross College Club, Vice
President for Furman’s Red Cross College Club, Alpha Delta Pi member.
Name: Bridget Lorenz
Interests/Passions: I love to inspire others, to help make a
difference, and to help others believe in themselves through service and
leadership. I like to spend my free time
relaxing with my friends and family, traveling, and taking part in community
Favorite Shucker Experience: Having the role of Assistant
Student Director for 2012-2013 has been one of my favorite experiences with
Shucker because it gave me the opportunity to work so closely with the New
Fellows. I really enjoy listening to their stories and learning who they really
are. It is an incredible experience.
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Major: Neuroscience Pre-med
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Shucker Leadership Institute, Furman Ambassador, Student Assistant to the Admission Office, Tri Delta, Volunteer at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Academic Discipline Committee, Collaborative Neuroscience Society
Interests/Passions: Outside of my extracurricular involvements, I enjoy blogging and food photography, and I have my own baking blog called Sprinkle Charms. I also enjoy distance running and have completed several half marathons and a marathon. I enjoy working with children, and I hope to have a career in pediatric medicine.
Name: Alecia Nichols
Hometown: Chesterfield, Virginia
Majors: Chinese Studies and Spanish
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Furman University Outdoors Club, Shucker Leadership Institute, Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, Furman Gospel Ensemble, and the Hispanic Organization for Learning and Awareness
Interests/Passions: Interacting with people from different cultures, especially crossing the language barrier in order to gain insight and understanding about different ways of life.
Favorite Shucker Experience: The StrengthsQuest assessment; it really helped me define my leadership style.
Name: Nathan Thompson
Hometown: Arlington, Virginia
Major: Economics, Political Science
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Shucker Leadership Institute, Bell Tower Boys, Mock Trial, Student Government, Hall Staff, FCA
Interests/Passions: Foreign policy and conflict resolution; playing the piano; running; reading
Name: Karlee Wroblewski
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Major: Chemistry and Chinese
Extracurricular Activities/Involvements: Shucker Leadership Institute, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Poinsett Project, Volunteering at Greenville Middle Schools, and the Ronald McDonald House
Interests/Passions: Allowing people to look at the world with a global perspective and to understand that even the smallest action can make the biggest difference.
Favorite Shucker Experience or Memory: The New Fellows Shucker retreat in the Fall of 2012 allowed me to meet so many new people and to get excited about the possibilities of what Shucker members can accomplish together.